Emergency Field Hospital Airlifted, Now Being Set Up in Ukraine; Please Keep Praying

March 6, 2022 • Ukraine

Samaritan's Purse has teams on the ground to help fleeing Ukrainians.

Responding to the Crisis in Ukraine

UPDATE (March 6): The DC-8 landed safely in Poland and materials for the Emergency Field Hospital have been transported to Ukraine. The Samaritan’s Purse team is now in the process of setting up the facility on the outskirts of Lviv. Based on recent assessments, it has been decided to increase the capacity of our Ukraine field hospital. We are planning for two operating rooms, with capacity for 14 major surgeries or 30 minor surgeries per day. There will be nearly 60 total inpatient beds, including four intensive care unit beds and four step-down beds. The emergency room can handle 100 patients per day. Additional equipment is scheduled to be flown to Poland and taken into Ukraine later this week.

First tent is up! The Emergency Field Hospital in Ukraine is taking shape.

First tent is up! The Emergency Field Hospital in Ukraine is taking shape.

(March 4) Samaritan’s Purse has deployed an Emergency Field Hospital to Ukraine.

On Friday, March 4, our DC-8 cargo plane based in Greensboro airlifted the initial stages of the field hospital along with Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) members, including doctors, nurses, and logistics and set-up personnel. Once the plane lands in Poland, the field hospital will then be transported overland to Ukraine where it will provide specialized trauma care to people impacted by the conflict.

The field hospital is equipped with an operating room, an ICU, an emergency room, a pharmacy, and it has its own water and sanitation system. As many as 100 patients a day can be seen at this hospital. The situation on the ground is fluid and changing rapidly, but the hospital could be operational early next week.

“Ukrainian families are hurting and in desperate need of physical aid and prayer during this difficult time,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “We are deploying life-saving medical care to aid people who are suffering. We want to meet the needs of these families in their darkest moments while pointing them to the light and hope of Jesus Christ.”

“We want to meet the needs of these families in their darkest moments while pointing them to the light and hope of Jesus Christ.”—Franklin Graham

Samaritan’s Purse already has disaster response specialists on the ground in Poland, Romania, and Moldova, and we plan to send two medical clinics on an additional flight next week. Assessment teams continue to work to identify the most strategic locations for these units. These health clinics will equip Samaritan’s Purse medical staff to meet minor trauma needs and provide general medical care for some 200 patients each day.

Samaritan's Purse airlifted an emergency field hospital and other relief to Ukraine Friday morning.

The DC-8 takes off from Greensboro carrying the Emergency Field Hospital bound for Ukraine.

The Eastern European nation remains in deep crisis as fighting continues to spread and escalate, with deadly violence hitting the capital, Kyiv, and the second-largest city, Kharkiv. The United Nations reports that more than 1 million refugees, primarily women and children, have already left Ukraine seeking shelter in nearby nations.

Samaritan’s Purse also has many ministry partners inside Ukraine, including a robust outreach through Operation Christmas Child. As conflict erupted, we were in the process of distributing 600,000 gift-filled shoeboxes this year. We remain in contact with churches in the country to see how we can assist in this volatile situation. Please pray for God to grant them strength and protection.

Franklin Graham asked for a special day of prayer on Feb. 27, asking Almighty God to work in the hearts of leaders and bring an end to this deadly conflict. He said, “Let’s lift up in prayer those who are enduring these dark days filled with uncertainty, fear, hardship, loss, and suffering. May they know the comfort, presence, peace, and protection of God who is a ‘refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble'” (Psalm 46:1). [via Facebook].

Please continue to pray for the people of Ukraine and for our teams as they seek ways to help in Jesus’ Name.

family hugging, taken from Poland on Ukraine border

Samaritan’s Purse is responding to Eastern Europe as Ukrainians flee their country amid fighting and growing violence.

Olena and her children huddle in their cellar next to a stove provided by Samaritan's Purse.
Responding to the Crisis in Ukraine Samaritan's Purse is providing food, water, and non-food items, such as wood stoves, solar lights, and construction materials, to suffering families in Ukraine. In partnership with local churches and ministry partners, we are bringing this urgently needed relief to those in areas deeply affected by the conflict. We are also airlifting medical supplies into the country and providing medical training as fighting rages on. Since the start of the war, we have operated two field hospitals and other medical clinics.

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